American Culinary Federation (ACF)

Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)


Credential: Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Culinary Federation (ACF)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The American Culinary Federation (AFC), Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) credential is for an advanced-degree culinary professional who is working as an educator in an accredited postsecondary institution or military training facility. A CCE is responsible for the development, implementation, administration, evaluation and maintenance of a culinary arts or foodservice management curriculum. Candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written and practical exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education: Associates
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Culinary Federation (ACF)

180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL  32095

Phone: (904) 824-4468

Fax: (904) 940-0741
Email: helpdesk@acfchefs.net

Candidate must provide documentation of completion for three mandatory education courses:

  • 30-hour course in Nutrition
  • 30-hour course in Food Safety and Sanitation
  • 30-hour course in Supervisory Management
Note: Courses completed more than five years ago will require an eight-hour refresher in each topic.

Candidate must have obtained 120 hours of Education Development with a minimum of eight hours in the following subjects:

  • Curriculum Planning and Development
  • Evaluation and Testing
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Educational Psychology
In addition, candidate must meet one of the following education requirements:

Option 1:

Candidate must have an Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts.

Option 2:

Candidate must have a Bachelor Degree in any discipline.

Candidate must have two years experience as a Chef de Cuisine or Working Pastry Chef. Candidate must have supervised at least two full-time peole in the preparation of food. Industry work experience must be within the past 10 years prior to employment as a culinary instructor.

Candidate is required to have 1,200 secondary or postsecondary teach contact hours. Teaching hours must be within the past 10 years.

The Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must abide by the ACF Code of Ethics.
  • Candidate must submit a 45 to 60-minute video demonstrating the teaching abilities of a culinary competency set in front of a student audience as outline in the lesson plan.

    Additional information can be found in the CCE Culinary Video Demonstration Criteria on the ACF website.

Written Exam

  • Domain I: Educational Development (33%)
  • Domain II: Educational Management (13%)
  • Domain III: Teaching Savory Cooking (16%)
  • Domain IV: Teaching Baking and Pastry (14%)
  • Domain V: Safety and Sanitation (14%)
  • Domain VI: Nutrition (10%)

Practical Exam

  • Safety and Sanitation Skills
  • Organizational Skills
    • Organization
    • Work flow
    • Proper Utilization of All Ingredients
    • Timing of Service and Follow-up
  • Craftsmanship Skills
    • Creativity, Skills and Craftsmanship
    • Serving and Portion Size
    • Cooking Techniques and Skills
    • Butchery and Boning Skills
  • Finished Product Skills
    • Overall presentation including the use of appropriate garnishes
    • Overall nutritional balance
    • Ingredient compatibility
    • Flavor, taste, texture, and doneness
    • Serving Methods and Presentation
    • Portion Size and Nutritional Balance

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the American Culinary Federation (ACF) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) certification is renewed every five years. CCE certification holders must earn a minimum of 80 continuing education hours (CEHs) during each five-year recertification cycle. A recertification fee is required.

    Additional information can be found on the ACF Recertification website.

Additional considerations for the Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) include:

  • Should a candidate currently hold any of the following ACF certifications, the practical exam is not required:

    • Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC);
    • Certified Working Pastry Chef (CWPC);
    • Certified Executive Chef (CEC); or
    • Certified Executive Pastry Chef (CEPC).

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